sâmbătă, 30 noiembrie 2013

Book Blitz - Author Interview & Giveaway - "The Watcher" by Lisa Voisin


The Watcher
Release Date: 03/04/13

Summary from Goodreads:

Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings - soft and silent like snow - and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them - but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.


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Praise for The Watcher:

"Voisin's THE WATCHER blends paranormal mystery and romance into a book that is sure to keep readers turning the pages late into the night."
- Eileen Cook, author of THE ALMOST TRUTH

"Perfect for fans of angels and demons, Lisa Voisin has created an uplifting tale of redemption, love, and spirituality that gives hope. Never preachy, THE WATCHER is the perfect answer to critics who claim Young Adult literature is too dark."
- Stephanie Lawton, author of WANT and SHRAPNEL

"The Watcher is stunning! A paranormal romance that you won't want to put down. Voisin will enthrall you until the very last page."
- Stephanie Keyes, author, THE STAR CHILD series

 "Grips the reader, pulls them in and leaves them cheering for good!"
-- InD'tale Magazine

“The Watcher is my favorite angel fiction tale yet.”
- Katrina @Kindred Dreamheart

“This book is phenomenal! I was hooked in right away and didn't want to stop.”
- Michelle @Michelle’s Paranormal Vault

~ Interview ~

1.  What’s your favorite novel and why?
I had so many favorite novels, but the one I’ve loved the longest is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It’s about an apocalypse gone wrong, and it was the first time I’d read a book with an angel and a demon in it. I was hooked! I love Neil Gaiman’s dark sense of foreboding and Terry Pratchett’s humor!

2.  How did the idea for The Watcher come about?
I started working on The Watcher in 2009, but the story started in my mind three years before that. I had an idea about a boy who woke up one day to discover he was an angel. It wasn’t until the idea of Mia came to me that it all came together. I felt it was best to pair him with a human girl who was the only one who could see who he really was.

3.  Which of your characters is your favorite and why?
Michael is my favorite character, because he's been with me the longest. But I have to admit, Damiel was the most fun to write. It made me think of famous actors who say they have the most fun playing villains.

4.  If you were in The Watcher, which character would you want to be?
Arielle. She’s really got a good head on her shoulders and a good heart. She’s also pretty kickass.

5.  If your book was made into a movie who would you envision in the leading roles?
I'd love to see a young Henry Cavill (pre-Superman) as Michael. There’s something very clean and delightful about him. Mia I picture as being  a bit like Emilia Clarke. I’ve got pictures on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lvoisin/the-watcher-inspiration-board-and-read-along/

6.  Are any books that you've read and thought "I wish I'd written that"?
Oh! There have been so many it's hard to count! Most recently, I'd have to say The Fault in Our Stars, because it was amazing. I also adored Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.


~ About the Author ~


A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. In her spare time, she teaches meditation. So when she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counter the side effects of drinking too much coffee. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiance and their two cats.

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 ~ Giveaway ~
$25 gift certificate from Amazon (INT)
a Rafflecopter giveaway


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luni, 25 noiembrie 2013

Giveaway & Guest Post "Come Little Children" by D. Melhoff

Hey guys! Today I'm hosting author D. Melhoff and his first book Come Little Children. First, I'm gonna present you the book, then the guest post the author has written. Finally, you can enter the giveaway below.

Come Little Children
D. Melhoff

Genre: Horror, thriller, supernatural thriller
Publisher: Bellwoods Publishing
Cover Artist: Carl Graves
Virtual book tour organized byBewitching Book Tours


Book Description:

The Nolan morgue is more than just an ordinary funeral home.

When their newest employee uncovers a supernatural conspiracy connected to a string of child murders, she must use every shred of her intelligence to stop a new breed of serial killer and escape the morgue alive.

~ Guest Post ~
The importance of world building and character development in stories

Building Fictional Towns: A Look At Nolan From Come Little Children

I’m always interested in taking readers to places they’ve never been before, particularly terrifying ones. The backdrop for Come Little Children is the majestic Yukon landscape, and for those of you familiar with Robert Frost’s poetry, you’ll know that it’s an incredibly beautiful territory, as well as a home for the weird and supernatural.

But why did I choose the Yukon for this particular story? And how could I teleport readers to such a remote place without having been there myself?

For me, those questions encompass the most exciting part about being a writer: exploring different worlds, deciding on settings, and, ultimately, getting to build them.

When it comes to deciding on a story’s location, inspiration can pop up from anywhere. For this particular book, I remember going through a Robert Frost phase and returning to one of his most famous lines (“There are strange things done in the midnight sun”) again and again. It didn’t spur the story of Come Little Children directly, but it helped spark an interesting motif and tie some of the paranormal elements together. I also like making connections with familiar lore, and the idea that “strange things” (plural) have happened under the Yukon moon hints that ol’ Sam from Tennessee hasn’t been the only subject of something bizarre up north. Combined with the fact that I come from somewhere extremely cold—and that I’m no stranger to having my face frozen off in the winter—I felt prepared to tackle the landscape, even though I’ve never been there in person.

So that’s why I went with the Yukon. Next was to decide whether or not to use a real town.

Ultimately, I created Nolan for three reasons:

1. Logistics. I needed a place where I had control over the town’s history and its physical layout

2. Tone. The deeper and darker into the woods, the better, so that’s where Nolan was born.

3. Suspension of Disbelief. By setting the book somewhere unfamiliar, readers don’t arrive with a lot of preconceived notions. And similar to point #2, the more uncharted the location, the better, especially since there was always going to be a supernatural element involved. In other words, it’s easier to believe that dark voodoo exists in the secluded northern wilderness than it does in downtown San Francisco.

After I chose to go with a fictional town, that’s when the world-building really began.

For the sake of this blog post, I’ll boil my process down to another three points.

1. Researching. Since I’m not a mortician, most of the designs (especially for the funeral home) were inspired by online articles and videos.

2. Sketching. Not all of my settings are fully fleshed out, but I’ll usually draw up blueprints of the more critical ones. For this story, that meant creating a detailed map of the entire village, as well as a set of blueprints for the Vincents’ morgue—all the way down to the bathrooms and broom closets. Are the closets ever mentioned? No. But does it help me picture every inch of the building? Absolutely, and that’s something a lot of authors are careful about [I can’t say for sure, but I’d be willing to bet my left bludger that J. K. Rowling still has full sketches of Hogwarts filed away somewhere.]

3. Editing. “Come Little Children” took two years to complete, and I feel many of the smaller details only surfaced after going over it again and again. A word of caution for fellow writers: your readers are continuity Nazis. If you tell people how a town is laid out—or how characters behave—and then suddenly you change something for convenience-sake, those readers will blitzkrieg der sheisse out of your Goodreads reviews. Having an editor will help catch glaring inaccuracies, but you still need to put in the time and effort to know your world better than anyone else.

That’s all for now, folks. Best of luck in your own world-building endeavors.

P.S. If you’re still wondering what kind of strange things happen in the midnight sun, I invite you to spend some time with me in Nolan and find out.

To read more about Come Little Children, visit: www.dmelhoff.com/come-little-children


~ About the Author ~




D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town located an inch above the Canadian-American border. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Raimi, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.


Website / Facebook / @dmelhoff




~ Giveaway ~

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What do you think? I simply love the cover! It's one of the most suggestive covers I've ever seen. Have you entered the giveaway? If yes, I wish you guys good luck \^o^/.

duminică, 17 noiembrie 2013

Tag - The Liebster Award



Hi guys! >:D< How are you? I've just arrived home. I've spent my whole weekend with my sister, who is in another city, in college. I'm so ashamed I'm posting this so late. Satarupa Biswas was so nice and nominated me more than a week ago, and I'm posting only now.
Thank you very much, Satarupa, for nominating me and for giving me the chance to grow my little blog. The Liebster award is such an awesome way to get in contact with book lovers all over the world and to show everyone the great job you're doing with your blog.

Rules:

1. Include the link of my post to your post.
2. Answer the ten questions.
3. Post ten of your questions for your nominated blogs to answer.
4. Nominate ten blogs having less than 500 followers.
5. Post the link of your nomination post on their blog.

Now that everything's clear, let's get to work.

Q & A:

1. A book character whose life you would love to live?
Hm, Clary Fray's life. Although I've read only the first volume of  The Mortal Instruments, her life seems so exciting, full of adventures... and hot guys. Her character, personality is not that awesome but her life is. 

2. How many books do you read in a week? Novel/Novella/Novelette, which one you love to read?
It depends. During school I have very little time for books. But I'm doing my best :). It doesn't matter it's a novel or novella or novelette, as long as I have time, I read anything.

3. What qualities make you judge a character?
I'm that kind of person who criticizes and judes people pretty often, sometimes too much. I pay a lot of attention to details and little things. When it comes to characters I'm as harsh. Okay, I think I've already scarred you. I'm not that severe, I just like to read about well outlined, original and surprising (in one way or another) characters. Fortunately, every book I've read so far had at least one character which was worth watching.

4. What do you look for in a book while deciding whether to read it or not? Do you judge a book just by its cover?
First, yes, I do judge a book by it's cover but I also read it's description and some reviews (with no spoilers). Thing is I usually buy a specific book, I mean I know exactly what I want or need to buy. However I don't judge a book only by it's cover. Like I said above, I tend to take into account these three things - the cover, description and a few reviews. I study each aspect and then I make a decision.

5. Which genres do you like the most and why?
Well, I kinda like all genres. But I admit I'm particularly keen on fantasy because you simply can't dislike this genre, it's like a rule of nature to like it, horror because it's the only genre which truly keeps me on the edge of my seat, thriller because it combines so many emotions and action which make this a very interesting and complex genre.

6. Do you give a chance to self-published books or just like to stick with well-known authors?
I think everyone must be given a chance. Actually, right now I'm reading a self-published book and I'm more than pleased. So, why not? A self-published book is still a book.

7. How did you develop your knack for reading? Any incident you would like to share?
This love for books didn't came suddenly, it came with time. I simply found refuge in books. When I read I feel like I'm accomplishing my destiny.

8. Do the physical feel and smell of the book makes you read it or are you comfortable with e-books as well?
I prefer physical books. The feeling you have when you can actually feel the book is absolutely amazing. But I got used to reading e-books, too.  

9. If you’re given a chance of assisting an author, who would it be and why?
Hm, good question. John Grisham. He's my role model. He was a lawyer and now is a legal thriller writer. His writing is powerful and his characters are so similar and yet so different. I would be absolutely honored to assist him, to see how the magic is taking place.

10. If you are given a choice between getting for free either books or your favourite dress (in case of girls)/ favourite food (in case of boys) [same money is involved for both the options] then what would you choose?
Give me the books! ^^
Thank you for the great questions Satarupa! \^o^/

My Nominations:


My questions:

1. What is the first book you remember reading?
2. What is your favourite place to read and why?
3. What book do you wish you had written?
4. What are the books you couldn't finish reading and why?
5. What is your funniest memory related to books?
6. Is there any book your friends are in love with and you don't like it? If yes, which one and why?
7. What is your favorite villain character?
8. What is the saddest book you've ever read?
9. What genre of books you don't like reading and why?
10. What is the author you strongly recommend?

Kisses and hugs

luni, 11 noiembrie 2013

Excerpt, Giveaway & Guest Post "The Curse of Malenfer Manor" by Iain McChesney

Hello lovely friends! \^o^/ How are feelin' today? I keep singing Crocodile Rock. This song is awesomeeeee \m/. However, the aim of this post is to present you guys a great book. I'm talking about The Curse of Malenfer Manor by Iain McChesney. The author has also written a great guest post. I'm sure you'll love it. And finally, you can enter the giveaway below.

The Curse of Malenfer Manor
Book One
Iain McChesney

Genre: historical mystery / paranormal 
Publisher: Wayzgoose Press 
Date of Publication: October 1 
Cover Artist: DJ Rogers
Virtual book tour organized by: Bewitching Book Tours

Amazon *

Book Description:

Those in line to the Malenfer estate are succumbing to terrible ends - is a supernatural legacy at work, or something entirely more human?

Young Irish mercenary Dermot Ward retreats to Paris at the close of World War I where he drinks to forget his experiences, especially the death of his comrade, Arthur Malenfer. But Arthur has not forgotten Dermot. Dead but not departed, Arthur has unfinished business and needs the help of the living.

Upon his arrival at Malenfer Manor, Dermot finds himself embroiled in a mystery of murder, succession, and ambition. Dermot falls in love with the youngest Malenfer, the beautiful fey Simonne, but in his way are Simonne’s mismatched fiancé, her own connections to the spirit world, Dermot’s guilt over the circumstances of Arthur’s death... and the curse.

~ Excerpt ~




~ Guest post - On Gothic ~



~ About the Author ~

Iain is a writer of gothic mysteries.
He was born and raised in Scotland. He studied History and Geography at the University of Glasgow.

The World Wars left Iain’s family with generations of widows. As a result, Iain has always been interested in the tangible effects of history on family dynamics and in the power of narrative to awaken those long dead. For the characters in The Curse of Malenfer Manor, he drew on childhood reminiscences and verbal family history—though he hastens to add that his family had barely a penny, far less a
manor, and any ghosts dwell only in memory.

He lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and two children.


~ Giveaway ~

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck! :)

vineri, 1 noiembrie 2013

Leapşa - Reading slump + Chit-chat


Heeeeei, lume! Drăguţa de Furelise mi-a dat o leapşă scurtă dar interesantă. Dacă tot e final de săptămână, am zis că a picat chiar la ţanc :D.

1. Momentan eşti într-un reading slump?
Dragă Furelise, mulţumesc pentru definiţia dată construcţiei "reading slump". Chiar nu am mai întâlnit-o până acum. Oh, pentru necunoscătorii ca mine, reading slump=când nu ai chef să citeşti nimic.

Nici gând. De fapt am o poftă de a citi... Ştiu că nu se cunoaşte (recenziile au devenit din ce în ce mai rare pe-aici).

2. Când intri, de obicei, într-un reading slump şi cât îţi ia să treci peste?

Hmm, păi, mie nu prea mi s-a întâmplat aşa ceva, deci nu pot spune că există un tipar. Probabil atunci când o carte m-a dezamăgit cu adevărat sau a fost prea greoaie. Am o oarecare reţinere în lecturarea unei noi cărţi, aşa că tind să iau o pauză.
Evident, nu ţine prea mult. Odată ce descopăr ce carte fabuloasă ţin în mână, nu mă mai pot opri.

3. Care sunt metodele tale de a ieşi dintr-un reading slump?

În primul rând cred că o mică pauză e bine venită. După aceea citesc pur şi simplu. De obicei citesc o carte scrisă de un autor pe care l-am mai citit, ca să fiu sigură că nu dau peste altă "operă de artă".

4. Altceva...?

Cine doreşte această leapşă poate să o ia numaidecât :).



~ Chit-chat ~

Ce mai faceeeţi? ^^ Nici nu aveţi idee cât de dor îmi este de voi. E atât de aiurea că timpul nu-mi permite să-mi vizitez căsuţa virtuală mai des, şi nici pe cele ale vecinilor. Uof... Ca să nu mai spun de citit! Abia am reuşit să termin "Legiunea tunelului" de Stan Nicholls (mi-a luat absurd de mult). Iar momentan citesc Getting Rooted in New Zealand de Jamie Baywood. E o carte scurtă şi super-mega-extra-zduper-amuzantă! Dar e în engleză, deci îmi ia un pic mai mult decât ar trebui. Totuşi vreau să o termin cât mai repede. 
Am recitit La ţigănci de Mircea Eliade, pentru şcoală. Mi-a plăcut la fel de mult ca prima dată :). Şi acum... trebuie să încep minunatul şi inegalabilul roman Ion! Deja mă doare capul... E uriaş romanul ăsta! Iar tema lui nu e deloc atractivă, nu pentru mine. 
*Sigh* Ei, ce să-i faci? Şi poate nu e chiar atât de aiurea :)...

DAR am o problemă mult mai gravă în momentul ăsta: am rămas foarte în urmă cu serialele! Okay, nu vreau să par o adolescentă disperată, dar e atât de nedrept. Mi-au decedat căştile :<. A apărut şi Pretty Little Liars, şi The Vampire Diaries, şi Ravenswood, şi The Originals, şi adoratul meu Supernatural. Şi la toate sunt... varză. Dar mâine vine sora mea de la Iaşi, vine cu laptopul, deci sper ca sâmbătă şi duminică să recuperez :).

Cât despre şcoală, totul merge bine. Numai miere şi lapte. Până acum am luat un singur nouă - la educaţie antreprenorială. Motivul e destul de banal: am cheltuit prea puţini bani pentru deschiderea unei afaceri. Faza e că la începutul anului ne-a spus că vom avea un portofoliu "al afacerii noastre". Fiecare elev a ales un număr, iar fiecare număr reprezenta un judeţ sau un municipiu în care ne vom construi afacerea. Eu am ales 1, municipiul Bacău, deci unde locuiesc eu, fapt pentru care nu mi-a fost greu să iau o decizie în privinţa cărui fel de afacere îmi voi deschide. Ei bine, şi pentru început ne-a pus să întocmim un argument, o hartă cu locul unde se află afacerea şi o listă cu cheltuielile necesare deschiderii afacerii. Eu, spirit economist, din cei 50.000 de euro am cheltuit numai 17.500. Şi pentru asta mi-a pus nouă. Nu e bai, desigur, doar că mi se pare o situaţie comică şi banală :). Ce-i drept, are dreptate: dacă nu investeşti mult, nu vei avea profit mare. De aceea weekend-ul ăsta îmi refac lista cu cheltuieli.

Oh, chiar acum mi-am amintit: cum v-aţi petrecut Halloween-ul, dragi bloggăraşi? Eu în niciun fel înafară de scriind şi învăţând, şi plângându-mă că nu mai suport să învăţ la latină -.-. Mda, nici prin liceu nu prea am văzut vrăjitoare, vampiri, draci şi alte cele. Asta cel mai probabil din cauza noii direcţiuni. În orice caz, mi-ar fi plăcut să mă pot bucura de ziua asta aşa cum ştiu şi îmi place - citind povestioare horror şi legende şi, evident, vizionând un film bun (horror), dar în viaţă nu primim mereu ceea ce ne dorim :). Poate la anul va fi altfel... 

Wow, iar am scris o nuvelă :), aşa că spuneţi-mi despre voi. Cum e la şcoală/liceu/facultate? Ce mai citiţi? Ce mai vizionaţi? Ce planuri mai aveţi în legătură cu orice? :)